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Portland 3 Toronto 0


50' POR Brian Winters (commentator described it as an own-goal)

59' POR Edwin Miranda

84' POR Byron Alvarez


87' POR Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar

88' TOR Rumba Munthali




PORTLAND: J. Saunders; Morrison, Wilkinson, Thompson (Henning 75’); Alcaraz-Cuellar, Heinzen, Poltl, Miranda, Winters (Arzate 67’); Benedetti, Alvarez.

TORONTO: Zagar; Munthali, Arango, Piette (Simpson 52’), Mayard; Mattacchione, Dodds (El Tabe 77’), Dekker; Fraser, Gerba, Hart.

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As the scoring summary would suggest, it sounded as though the match was fairly even in the first half, but Portland took control in the second. Toronto did force a couple of great saves by Portland GK Josh Saunders, and had a ball cleared off the line by a defender in second-half injury time.

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From the Portland Timbers:


Portland shuts out Toronto 3-0 to kick off the season

April 23, 2005

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Timbers kicked off the 2005 season in the USL First Division with a 3-0 shutout win over the visiting Toronto Lynx before 5,275 fans on Saturday evening at PGE Park.

All three Portland goals came in the second half on strikes from Brian Winters, Edwin Miranda and Byron Alvarez.

The Timbers’ first goal of the year came from the unlikeliest of sources in the 50th minute of play, when Winters got a foot on the ball at close range and ricocheted it off Toronto’s Niels Dekker and into the back of the net.

It was Winters’ first goal in four seasons with the Timbers (1-0-0, 3pts).

Miranda tacked on an insurance goal in the 59th, taking a ball from Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar and punching it past Toronto goalkeeper Theo Zagar for the two-nil advantage.

The third and final goal of the night arrived off the head of Alvarez, who played a well-placed feed from Memo Arzate off the right post, onto the left post and finally into the back of the net in the 84th.

Alvarez’ goal, his 29th as a Timber, moves him into a tie for the top spot among USL career goal-scoring leaders with McKinley Tennyson.

Portland goalkeeper Josh Saunders collected his first clean sheet of the year with the shutout win and his 13th in three seasons.

A scoreless first half saw few scoring opportunities for either club, but the Timbers got over opening night jitters late in the period and began cracking the Toronto (0-1-0, 0pts) back line with several good looks as a prelude to a three-goal second half.

On tap for the Timbers is a home match against the Minnesota Thunder at PGE Park on Friday, April 29. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

TIMBERS NOTES: Timbers majority owner Abe Alizadeh flew in for the season opener and was presented with a scarf from the Timbers Army in Section 107 … the Timbers are now 2-3 in season openers, winning their last two … Sunderland AFC, which comes to PGE Park on July 23 to take on the Timbers, was promoted to the English Premier League today with a 2-1 win over Leicester.

SCORING SUMMARY: Winters, 50’ (UA); Miranda, 59’ (Alcaraz-Cuellar); Alvarez, 84’ (Arzate).

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY: TOR Munthali, YC (87’); POR Alcaraz-Cuellar, YC (88’).

LINEUPS: TORONTO (0-1-0) Zagar GK, Munthali D, Arango D, Piette D (Simpson 52’), Mayard D, Mattacchione M, Dodds M (El Tabe 77’), Dekker M, Fraser F, Gerba F, Hart F; PORTLAND (1-0-0) J. Saunders GK, Morrison D, Wilkinson D, Thompson D (Henning 75’), Alcaraz-Cuellar M, Heinzen M, Poltl M, Miranda M, Winters M (Arzate 67’), Benedetti F, Alvarez F.

From CP:

Lynx lose to Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (CP) - The Toronto Lynx kicked off the 2005 United Soccer League First Division season on a very ominous note Saturday night.

The Lynx dropped a 3-0 decision to the Portland Timbers, spoiling the debut of new head coach Hubert Busby Jr.

The United Soccer League First Division was formerly known as the A-League.

The defeat marked the first time in three seasons Toronto had lost its opening contest.

The game was a close one at the half, with the two teams tied both on the scoreboard (0-0) and in shots on goal (four apiece).

But Portland midfielder Brian Winters opened the scoring in the 50th minute before Edwin Miranda scored nine minutes later. Byron Alvarez rounded out the scoring in the 84th minute.

Busby Jr. said while he was satisfied with his team's system the Lynx couldn't take advantage of its chances and made too many costly mistakes.

"The difference was that we failed to take our opportunities," he said. "Against a good team you are punished when you make mistakes.

"On the bright side, the team has bought into the system we are trying to play and we will be looking for a better result tomorrow night."

Toronto doesn't have time to think about the loss. The Lynx are in Vancouver on Sunday to face the Whitecaps.

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For Immediate Release

Toronto Lynx Game Report

Presented by Carlsberg

Lynx Drop Season Opener

Date: April 23, 2005

Venue: PGE Park, Portland, Oregon

Attendance: 5 275

Kick Off Time: 10:00 EST

Final Score: Portland 3 Toronto 0

Match Summary:

The Toronto Lynx opened their 2005 campaign this evening away to the Portland Timbers dropping a 3-0 result at PGE Park. Tonight's game was the second meeting in the history of the two clubs, with the first meeting ended in a 3-0 victory for the Lynx on August 3, 2001. This evening's Lynx loss ended their record of victorious season openers stretching back two years. Portland hoped to start their season brightly and carry over their impressive form from the 2004 season that led them to a 18-7-3 record and first place in the Western Conference. The Lynx, hoping to improve from their 10-16-2 record in 2004, sought a win away to the last year's Western Conference leaders. The Lynx began well in the first half, with an impressive defense display that held Portland to 4 shots and no goals. Toronto, in turn, recorded 4 shots at Portland goalkeeper Josh Saunders. There were no goals after 45 minutes, but early into the second half, Portland took the lead through midfielder Brian Winters after 50 minutes. Portland doubled their lead nine minutes later after Edwin Miranda connected with 2004 USL Assist Leader Hugo Alcarez-Cuellar's pass. Portland made it 3-0 in the 84th minute through Byron Alvarez's first goal of the season. The game ended in scrappy fashion with cautions being handed out to Alcarez-Cuellar in the 87th minute, and the Lynx' Rumba Munthali in the 88th. Lynx Head Coach Hubert Busby Junior was satisfied with the team's system, but lamented at missed opportunities and costly mistakes; "The difference tonight was that we failed to take our opportunities. Against a good team you are punished when you make mistakes. On the bright side, the team has bought into the system we are trying to play and we will be looking for a better result tomorrow night." The Lynx hope to improve on this evening's performance when they head north tomorrow to face Canadian rivals the Vancouver Whitecaps, who finished second to Portland last season in the Western Conference.

Final Score: Portland 3 Toronto 0


Toronto: Zagar, Munthali, Arango, Piette (Simpson 52), Mayard, Mattacchione, Dodds (Al Tabe 77), Dekker, Fraser, Gerba, Hart

Portland: Saunders, Thompson (Henning 75), Wilkinson, Morrison, Alcarez-Cuellar, Winters (Arzate 67), Poltl, Miranda, Heinzen, Benedetti, Alvarez

Cautions: Portland: Alcarez-Cuellar, Toronto: Munthali

Ejections: None

Shots: Portland 10, Toronto 7

Saves: Portland 1, Toronto 1

Fouls: Portland 18, Toronto 14

Scorers: Portland: Winters (unassisted) 52nd minute, Miranda (Alcaraz-Cuellar) 59th minute, Alvarez (Arzate) 84th minute

The Toronto Lynx next game is in Vancouver against the Whitecaps on April 24, 2005.

Lynx home opener is on May 15th against the Montreal Impact at Centennial Park Stadium at 4:00 PM.



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What was that defender doing on the first goal? Taking 4 or 5 touches and trying to beat people 25 yards out in front of your own goal is not very smart. Is the Lynx keeper any good? he looked slow on the third goal and not great on the second either.

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